Okay, so Erika and I purchased a new 10.8 ft RIB a few months ago, I can say it’s WAY too big now. We have tried over 4-5 different deck configurations with no success, it simply has to be deflated to remain on deck…this was a major problem for us – let me digress:
1. The dinghy inflated with aluminum floorboards weighs over 130+lbs, this is way too heavy for a single person to muscle overboard (even with a halyard or boom extended)2. Even with a 5hp motor, it’s really slow! I know, I know, I was told to get a higher HP motor, but really? More fuel, more weight, more vibration =YUK
3. Scared our dog will puncture it with her fingernails…we own a 100+lb Giant Schnauzer and we are deathly afraid of taking her in the dinghy after a recent nail clipping, those are sharp!!!
4. Have you ever tried to row a RIB? it literally is living hell…
Well, after about 4 months of looking around, testing out everything from a Boston Whaler, Walker Bay/West Marine brands etc…we have fallen in love with the Gig Harbor Navigator 10′ (nesting) – she also can be rowed EASILY and sailed too!
Note: These are not actual photos of my dinghy, just ones from the workshop so I could see the nesting in action >> whaddya think? let me know in the comments section please.
*STOKED: Just sent the downpayment to Gig Harbor Boat Works today (1/4/2013) – and got a nesting version with stainless keel strip and 7′ locking oars 🙂